Baby Gifts that Give Back

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Gifts that also honor a cause can bring added meaning to baby shower presents. Credit: Getty

Baby gifts can be a joy to give, but, for some, they can end up being one more thing to cross off an already overloaded to-do list. If you're in need of a little extra inspiration, rather than wrapping yet another onesie or receiving blanket, consider opting for baby gifts that give back.

There's a long list of organizations that will allow cash donations to be made in honor of a new baby, and many that will designate a percentage of profits from the purchase of a baby gift to charitable causes that span a range of categories, including environmental and medical. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Go Green: A gift sent to an eco-conscious charity in honor of a new baby is a heartfelt way to tell the new parents you care about their child and want to help ensure the world will be a better place for her when she grows up. Help protect sea creatures with Oceana's adopt-a-creature program, and get a plush stuffed animal for baby to enjoy, as well. Or give a baby gift that gives back through The Nature Conservancy, where you can help plant a billion trees in Brazil, adopt a coral reef in Papua New Guinea or create safe habitats for hummingbirds.

Go Global: Give back with your baby gift by helping other children and families in struggling communities around the world live better, more self-reliant lives, by purchasing an animal for them through Heifer International -- such as a sheep, llama, flock of chicks or honeybees. Or make a donation in the new baby's name to a charity such as UNICEF, which helps save children's lives throughout the world. Another great option is to donate to Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to help heal cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities in children worldwide.

Go Charitable: If you prefer to give the little one an actual gift, try purchasing from a site that donates a percentage of what you spend to a deserving charity, such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which designates 100 percent of profits after expenses to childhood cancer care and research. Support a Cause on eBay's allows the seller to donate anywhere from 10 to 100 percent of the sale price to a not-for-profit organization. Also check out the website Giftback, which donates 10 percent of every purchase to a charity of your choice. In addition, there are more than 1,300 companies that are affiliates with 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that contribute 1 percent of sales to environmental groups around the world.

Go Gift Card: Can't decide what type of charity would best fit? Send the new baby's family a charity gift card from TisBest, and let the baby's parents choose a baby gift that gives back to one of a large selection of national or local nonprofit organizations.

Not only will you feel better when you give baby gifts that give back, the new baby's parents will feel great knowing that their baby has already helped bring some good to the world.


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